Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 2

For British Eyes Only

6
Aired Unknown Sep 26, 2005 on Netflix
8.9
out of 10
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437 votes
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Investigating his father's claim that a British group set him up, Michael goes to "Wee Britain" and is smitten with a beautiful woman named Rita. Lindsay attempts to seduce the new family attorney, and Gob goes to extremes to avoid his newly discovered son.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Charlize, I had no idea...

    9.3
    I have to admit that I was a little leery about Charlize Theron being on the show and how she would be. However, she was fantastic. I really didn’t think she would be able to pull it off, but she did. In my opinion, Dave Thomas stole the show as the British guy that it turned out at the end that she was working with, which was something I didn’t see coming. Another brilliantly written episode for this series. I could see this being a writing episode nominee come Emmy time as could Charlize Theron.



    Possible Emmy Nominations: Writing, Guest Actress in a Comedy (Charlize Theron)



    FINAL GRADE: A-moreless
  • Oh, God, the hair, the hair...

    8.7
    Finally, we have a sinister villain that seems to be out to hurt the Bluth family. He's nasty, has bad breath and, best of all, he's British. Also, he seems to have a connection to Michael's new lady friend. What's their game? What is he after? Meanwhile, it seems perfectly clear what Steve Holt is after - his daddy. I kind of wish that we had gotten to see Steve Holt's reaction upon discovering that Gob is his father. Yeah, there was that scene last season, but that wasn't in continuity, so I choose not to count it. It was nice to see that Gob's betrayal of his father in favor of his son at least led to him successfully completing a trick (illusion). And no Andy Griffith? I feel robbed.



    And those hair plugs...those awful, awful hair plugs. I thought the hook was uncomfortable to look at, but that hair...ugghh.moreless
  • Rita is introduced to the series

    8.6
    While it’s definitely not one of my favourite episodes, the foreshadowing for episodes up to Ocean Walker is incredibly well plotted and shows the creative minds behind Arrested Development are at it again.



    The best scene in this episode, like most reviewers, is the chicken dance scene, this time done as the whole family, Gob missing out on his big finish as the family leaves.



    It is not a very memorable episode though the entertainment is there, mainly from Gob avoiding Steve Holt and Michael’s confusion about Rita and the Wee British crowd.



    Overall, if you’re a fan of absurd chicken dances and illegitimate children, you’re bound to enjoy this instalment.moreless
  • just to boost

    10
    I'm writing this review cuz this episode is rated 8.9, the only one under 9.0, and I want them all to be rated over 9.0. "You know it's all the same, it's just a shame, That's all" A quote from the Genesis song That's All. For no reason! Led Zeppelin is God.
  • Watch "Mr F" and then watch this one again.

    9.5
    One of the things I love about this show is the writers' ability to tie the storyline together over so many episodes. This episode is so full of foreshadowing and setup jokes, that when you watch it again knowing the twist at the end of "Mr F", you kick yourself for not seeing it before. From Michael's very first line to practically every conversation about and with the Brits sets up the big finish three episodes later. Superbly done!moreless
David Cross

David Cross

Tobias Fünke

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Michael Cera

Michael Cera

George Michael Bluth

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Lindsay Bluth Fünke

Rory Knox Johnston

Rory Knox Johnston

Ian

Guest Star

Clinton Leupp

Clinton Leupp

Coco

Guest Star

Jonathan Schmock

Jonathan Schmock

Lionel

Guest Star

Justin Grant Wade

Justin Grant Wade

Steve Holt

Recurring Role

John Beard

John Beard

Himself

Recurring Role

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Rita

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Michael: Pre-schools just go half-day, right? And I'm not trying to pick you up, but is there any way that I can, I can come by, pick you up, and bring you here?
      Rita: Yeah, I, um, I suppose I could sneak out at nap time.
      Michael: Yes? Perfect, great. And I shall drop you off alive, hooker or no. (mouths 'What is wrong with me?' as he walks off)

    • Michael: I -- I was wondering if you might be willing to go somewhere with me? I -- I will pay you.
      Rita: ... You'll pay me?
      Michael: Not ... Not for sex. You're gonna think that I'm Jack the Ripper, right? Didn't he kill prostitutes, or ...
      Rita: I'm not a prostitute.
      Michael: And I shall let you live ... haha. This is my worst hello.

    • George Michael: I'm just in the middle of a stupid girl problem. That's all.
      Michael: I don't even have a girl, much less a stupid one.
      George Michael: No, the problem is stupid; the girl isn't stupid.
      Narrator: But if they ever had a child, it would be. Because the girl was his cousin Maeby.

    • George: Are you ready for the bombshell?
      Michael: Andy Griffith wasn't the bombshell?
      George: I'm a patsy. I was set up … by the Brits. A group of British builders operating outside the O.C. –
      Michael: Don't call it that.

    • George Sr.: These are dangerous people, Michael. They will do whatever it takes to get inside this family and bring us down....Oh, they're polite and the men all sound gay, but they will rip out your heart. And their breath...

    • Tobias: I realized it was for being a leading man. Oh, I can just taste those meaty leading man parts in my mouth!

    • Lupe: Mister Gay...he's bleeding! Mister Gay!

    • Narrator: Michael was filled with self-loathing. Had he been Jack the Ripper, he would have soothed himself in a most unsavory way. But instead, he just sat in his car and ate a whole thing of candy beans.

    • Michael: The feeling that you're feeling is what many of us call...a feeling.
      Gob: It's not like envy, or even hungry.
      Michael: Could it be love?
      Gob: I know what an erection feels like, Michael. No, it's the opposite. It's like my heart is getting hard.

    • Wig Shop Employee: Are you going to buy this time, or are you just curious?
      Tobias: I suppose I'm buy-curious ... I have a big TV opportunity.
      Wig Shop Employee: Well, this is where all the big TV's come.

    • Michael: Don't I look kind of British?
      British Clerk: Perhaps if you're willing to lose twenty pounds.
      Narrator: The clerk was asking for a bribe, but this was lost on Michael.
      Michael: You guys do go for the jugular.

    • Michael: Has anyone in this family ever even seen a chicken?

    • Michael: We've got a picture of you with Saddam Hussein.
      George Sr.: I thought that was the guy who played the Soup Nazi. I told him how much I liked his work!

    • George Sr.: You've got to get me out of here.
      Michael: You're the one that said no to prison.
      George Sr.: I was wrong. There, you just have to shut your eyes and take it. Here, you have to shut your eyes and give it.

    • Lindsay: You haven't had a serious relationship since your wife, and you guys weren't even speaking towards the end.
      Michael: A lot of that was the coma.
      Lindsay: Yeah, I've heard your side of it.

    • Michael: I'm amazed Dad hasn't strangled himself with his belt yet.
      Lucille: Oh, we're into all kinds of freaky stuff.
      Michael: Why do I eat breakfast before I come here?

    • Lucille: He's just jealous that I have a man back in my life. And guess what else is back?
      Michael: My breakfast?
      Lucille: My friskiness. Mama horny, Michael.
      Michael: No, it's my breakfast.

    • Buster: Mother, have you seen my rubber hand?
      Lucille: It's in the dishwasher. Your father and I were using it for something.
      Buster: Oh for God's sake! Can't you keep my hand to yourself?

    • Michael: If you're really lonely, maybe it's time you went out there and you got yourself a girlfr.. a pet.
      Buster: How about a turtle?
      Michael: Great.
      Buster: I've always loved those leathery little snappy faces.
      Michael: You certainly have a type.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • 007: The Phrase "For British Eyes Only" is a take on the Roger Moore film, "For Your Eyes Only." And the ending with the phrase "The End; Michael Bluth will return in..." is a trademark of the James Bond movies.

    • The narrator (Ron Howard), made mention that "no one was making fun of Andy Griffith. I can't emphasize that enough." This is a subtle reference to their having starred together on The Andy Griffith Show.

    • George Sr. tells Michael he thought Saddam Hussein was the man who played the Soup Nazi, referring to the Seinfeld episode of the same name. The actor is Larry Thomas.

    • Michael: It's a wonderful performance, Dad. You're a regular Brad Garrett.
      Brad Garrett co-stars as Robert Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond. He won the Emmy for 'Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy' in 2005 over Jeffrey Tambor.

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